June 2, 2017
Award-winning writer, producer, and director Kenneth Johnson will speak about how his childhood and upbringing in an extremely bigoted and anti-Semitic family shaped his early thinking and determination -- to move in exactly the opposite direction. His talk will include numerous film clips from his work, and focus on how he has used his popular science fiction creations as metaphors to speak out against scapegoating, prejudice and intolerance -- and on behalf of humanistic ideals.
Kenneth Johnson has created, written, directed and produced dozens of films and iconic Emmy-Award-winning television shows including The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Alien Nation and his original landmark miniseries V, which stands as the highest-rated work of science fiction in television history. He's authored numerous essays and novels including V The Second Generation. His latest novel The Man of Legends will be released on July 1. He received the prestigious Viewers for Quality Television Award, multiple Saturn Awards, the Sci-Fi Universe Life Achievement Award and been nominated for both the Writers Guild and the Edgar Allan Poe Awards. He and his wife Susan live in Los Angeles.